IBM Corp. said that it is expanding a program that sends employee teams to developing countries to assist local organizations on projects that involve business, social or technology issues.
The Armonk-based computer services giant said that the expanded program, known as the Corporate Service Corps, will result in 1,500 employees working in the various countries by 2010, up from 600 currently.
By the end of 2009, IBM will deploy 52 global teams of eight to 10 employees to countries that include the Philippines, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Brazil, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Romania and Turkey.
“Participants benefit via a once-in-a-life-time, problem-solving exercise in the developing world, communities gain by obtaining hundreds of thousands of dollars in pro bono expert consulting services, and IBM benefits by growing its next generation of leaders with the skills required to lead in a globally-integrated world,” said Stanley S. Litow, vice president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs at IBM.
Nigeria — a new countty that IBM is adding to the program this year — provides examples of the type of projects that are receiving assistance from IBM. In that African country, IBM workers will help the government devise an information system for monitoring child and maternal health and help create an information technology platform that will link 18 government departments.